It was the culmination of five days of craft workshops at the Scouts' Camp, where several hundred scouts got the chance to try their hand at making charcoal, rivets, wood tar, wooden nails, and lime bast rope.
They also gave the boat builders a helping hand with the final details of the boat's hull.
On August 5, a group of scouts helped tow the boat from the construction site down to the lake – an exercise in teamwork and cooperation which was successfully completed.
The boat was launched in the evening and was named Imme Bifrost. Imme - an almost forgotten Nordic female name - has traditionally been given to other Viking ships built by scouts.
Bifrost was chosen after the mythological bridge that connected Asgard, where the Nordic gods lived, with Midgard, where humans lived. Imme Bifrost is now in the harbor of the Viking Ship Museum, and visitors can find the boat by the small bridge by the yard, facing the fjord.
Furthermore, the museum's old Gislinge boat Langø sailed on the lake in Hedeland, where the Scout Camp 2022 takes place. Langø was built in connection with the Gislinge Boat Open Source project, which was started back in 2015.
Working drawings of the Gislinge boat can be found on the Viking Ship Museum's website.
A host of Viking activities
During the Scouts' Camp, the scouts were able to participate in various activities at the Viking Ship Museum.
They had their very own Viking camp on the lawn next to the museum, with activities that required pre-registration and drop-in activities.
Scouts of all ages were able to listen to the story of Erik the Red - the first European to settle in Greenland - several times a day. Things got a little wilder when the scouts embarked on the tour of Svend Tveskæg's conquest of England in 1013, as the museum's workers took the scouts on a war march!
The scouts were also able to sail out on Roskilde Fjord in a 20-person Faroe boat, a clinker-built wooden boat and a descendant of Viking ships.
Everyone on board actively participated in rowing out of the museum harbor.
The Scouts' boat was towed through the Scouts' Camp and launched in the lake in Hedeland. Photo: Roskilde Viking Ship Museum
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